GoCorps is in an exciting season with the start of a new school year! We have started to attend virtual career fairs across the country. Two weeks ago I "attended" a career fair in Western Pennsylvania on Wednesday and then "attended" a career fair in Southern California! Both events were a great opportunity to share more about GoCorps with students. (Although I would have preferred to be in Southern California for the career fair!) Keep Reading.
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MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS
The month of September 2020, had its Mountain top experiences. With the opening of the church once again, we saw new faces arrive throughout the month. Attendance increase!
The school lunches provide more than a simple meal to the neighborhood children, but a message that God loves them and cares for them.
We were honored to be the Mission of the Month for the Bluffton First Church of Christ, Bluffton, Indiana. Their special offering will help us replace that old worn out refrigerator, finish the remodeling in the main kitchen, repair the church baptistery and more.
We celebrated September, by beginning 30 years of service to the inner city of San Luis Potosi and that is where the Valley work is accomplished...in the inner city. If we constantly live on the Mountain top experiences of our lives, we cannot see the true work that needs to be done.
A good friend wrote me a few months ago and said, "You know, as I read your updates, it seems to me that Emanuel Mexico Mission is doing even more gospel centered/spreading work than (before). Stay strong and keep lifting up Jesus...while I pray that He will lift you up."
It's true, we literally work in the Valley of the inner city. Drugs, gangs, shootings, murder and crime surround us. The police constantly patrol the neighborhood. But that does not stop the need to evangelize the lost and needy. Jose is working hard to reach these people with the gospel.
Coming soon will be a series of 5 minute daily devotions via the internet. Some will be in English and all will be translated into English. Yes, the pandemic has affected the way we serve others, but like many, these new challenges put us in the Valley where the real work needs to be done.
Thank you for allowing us to have Mountain top experiences. Thank you for helping us to do the Kingdom work that needs to be done in the Valley.
David and Sheri DeBolt
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Mexico Mission
Hello Valley Christian Church,
Greetings from GoCorps! I hope that your summer was refreshing and full of outdoor adventures! Fall and everything that comes with it has begun… students have begun classes, and whatever the Fall of 2020 looks like for all of us is beginning! Here’s the latest from GoCorps and our staff team…
Since we weren’t able to have a GoWeek in May, we’ve combined the two cohorts and GoWeek 2020 starts on Sunday and goes through Friday 9/18! We are excited to welcome our class of 2020 Goers to our first ever virtual GoWeek! We’ll have 19 Goers from 14 different universities getting ready to go to 10 countries! Please pray for Katy, Julia and the rest of our staff as they put on a week of Zoom calls and virtual activities to get this great group of Goers trained up. Also, please pray for our Goers. GoWeek is always a really important ‘stake in the ground’ event where it is very normal for Goers to look back at the event and realize that God confirmed his calling and they made an even deep commitment to the journey of serving overseas for two years. Pray with us that God does this for our class of 2020 Goers.
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We all have gifts that God has given us. We all have been tried and tested at some point in our lives.
As I was watching and listening to José preach this morning I was so thankful for the gifts that God has given our Jose. I say our Jose because we share a brother and a son as your missionary partner in central Mexico.
There is no doubt that José loves Jesus. He had a hard and difficult childhood but God protected and blessed José. Protected from what could have been a whole different road from that which he is traveling today.
He is not afraid to get his hands dirty or do the work that maybe others could or should be doing. José does it because he simply loves Jesus.
Attached are a few photos of what José did this past week and today.
#1 Worked to help make the church more functional. Making an opening for our church kitchen to better serve others. Next Sunday we will be celebrating with a church meal after the service and using what was Jose’s office and now is the church kitchen. Sheri and another church member checking out the works after the service today. Next Saturday is a work day with cleaning, painting etc.
# 2 Doing what he loves most. Preach.
I just couldn’t help but share about what you are doing here at EMM and for the trust and friendship we all share through Jesus Christ Thank you all so very much.
God bless you Valley Missions Team and Valley Family.
NEW BOOK - NEW OPPORTUNITIES
After 22 weeks of being closed we were able to open the doors of Emanuel Mexico Mission on August 23, 2020. The summer of 2020, will go down in the history books as new challenges and opportunities faced us each day.
As we enter into September 2020, we begin our 30th year of serving the Lord in Mexico. We use September as a way to close out another season of Christian Service. We filled 365 pages of, now an old book, and look forward to filling a new book with new opportunities. Each page in this new book is blank, but filled with lines that daily the Lord will write from the experiences and opportunities we have to serve others.
One of our most recent opportunities to serve is providing school lunches to the children in our neighborhood. As children returned to school, they are learning from home. Helping with these school lunches gives their parents the opportunity to not worry about cooking their noon meal, so they can concentrate on helping their children.
Since we live in the inner city, all the houses are wall to wall and all have flat roofs. The following is what I heard the other day from one of our neighbors.
Mom: "Do your homework"
Child: "No, I don't want to"
Mom: "Do it, it's your job", etc.
Probably sounds familiar to some of you. Each brown paper lunch bag is decorated with a message that God loves them and is filled with a sandwich, cookies, apple and a small box drink.
Jose has his sermon series all planned out for 2020-2021. Vacation Bible School 2021 is being written and planned. Summer 2021 Camp schedule is on the calendar. A Seminar to attend in October 2020, will provide Jose the opportunity to strengthen his faith and knowledge. Maintenance, repairs and projects on the mission facility are on the books for the rest of 2020-2021.
PRAYERS & PROJECTS
Replace the main refrigerator: We could say to this refrigerator "Well done, good and faithful servant". It has served its purpose well for over 25 years, but in the past 18 months, we have invested more in repairs than needed. It went down again 3 times in August 2020.
Repair the Church baptistery: Each time we fill the baptistery it leaks. We have a list of materials needed and an estimate to repair it.
Jose - VISA: During the pandemic, Jose's VISA expired and was not allowed to renew it. The American Consulates are now open and Jose now has the opportunity to fill out the necessary paper work and apply for his VISA.
New plates and cups for the mission: The main kitchen has only plates and cups for a dozen people. Church meals, youth activities and groups require us to buy disposable plates, etc. 50 plus cups, plates, bowls, spoons and forks would provide the necessary means to cut expenses for groups and church activities.
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David and Sheri DeBolt